Ep. 781 Costa Rica ARBAR Manantial Yellow Honey

The ARBAR micromill is located in the Western Valley region near to the town of Lourdes de Naranjo. It's located at 1,600 meters above sea level and processes mostly Caturra, Catuai + a tiny bit of Villa Sarchi, there are also plans to plant some small micro-lots too in the future.

This coffee comes from a farm called El Manantial which is one of four farms in the surrounding area run by Carlos Arrieta and his family. The others three are La Casa, La Isla, and El Oasis.

A zingy start of fresh raspberries and lime slips into sweet frangipane. As it cools a little the full and silky body adds to a smooth toffee sweetness for a deliciously balanced and complex cup.

  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Region: Western Valley
  • Area: Lourdes de Naranjo
  • Producer: Carlos Arrieta
  • Farm: El Manantial
  • Micromill: ARBAR
  • Elevation: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
  • Varieties: Villa Sarchi, Caturra & Catuai
  • Process: Yellow Honey

Cupping Notes

Raspberry, lime, toffee

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
  • Acidity: (1–8): 7
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
  • Balance: (1–8): 6
  • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
  • Correction:(+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 87.5

Roasting Information
Medium-dark - Keeping a steady pace, you want to go through first crack and into the gap, but not into second. Keep this light enough to let the fruit acidity and sweetness shine through.